AND THE WINNERS WERE. . .
SIMI HILLS G.C. - 05/03/2018: We opened this busy 5-event month on Simi's challenging layout where Tom Knickerbocker
handily topped the money list at $83 gleaned from 2+1/2 birdie shares, the Porter Low Gross award and a tie for Low Putts runner-up. Brian Oblak shared one of Tom's birdies, took 1sts in Super Low Gross, Partners & Putts for a $46 total. That identical amount was won by Marilou Miller by taking 1sts in both Net & Partners along with the final blind drawn birdie. A big drop in payouts started with a mild $11 to John Moskoff for 2nd Low Net and 3rd Partners followed by $6 to Mike Gannon in the Porter Gross runner-up spot. Five Bucks apiece dribbled out to Ron Troncatty and Jim Jacobs, RonTron for Super Gross 2nd and Partners 3rd and JJ with a Partners 2nd place. A tie for 2nd in Low Putts sent $4 to Bob Planck and Partners 3rd place awarded $3 to Mike Belson. CAMARILLO SPRINGS G.C. - 05/10/2018: Marilou Miller absconded with the entire designated birdies wager pot along with a tie for Low Net and 2nds in both Partners & Putts to top the money list at $60. A solo blind drawn birdie helped sent $50 to Brian Oblak when augmented by his First Places in Super Low Gross, Partners & Putts plus a 3rd Net. A trio of 1st placings in Porter Low Gross, Net & Partners by Rob Stone earned $23. The final blind birdie was worth $18 for Tom Knickerbocker which morphed into $20 when bolstered by his Porter Low Gross runner-up spot. Ron Troncatty's only marker was a tie for Super Gross worth just $7 while Val Mayer earned $4 for his Partners runner-up placing. A cluster of four competitors pocketed a measly Two Bucks apiece, Gordon Crook & John Moskoff both tied for 2nd Low Putts and Bill Lewis & Ted Winship who were paired up in Partners 3rd place. BALBOA MUNI G.C. - 05/17/2018: For the third consecutive week a single competitor has scooped up the entire designated birdies wager pot. This time it was Rob Stone who did that dastardly deed to which he added 1sts in both Porter Low Gross & Partners and a 2nd Low Net tie for a big $54 haul. Marilou Miller pocketed $41 from her solo blind drawn birdie, 1sts in Low Net & Low Putts plus a Partners 2nd place. Paul Venetos accumulated an even $10 from 2nds in both Porter Gross & Low Putts. The second blind draw honored the EAGLE on Hole #3 posted by Mr. Venetos' guest Tony. A 2nd Net & 3rd Partners earned a modest $7 for Jimmy Dodds while the following winners also received single digit payouts from the modest wager pots generated by the limited 11-player field: Mike Belson $5-Partners 1st; Brian Oblak $4-Super Low Gross 1st; John Moskoff $3-Partners 3rd; and Bob Planck $2-Partners 3rd place. BUENAVENTURA G.C. - 05/24/2018: Nine players finished "in the money", eight players didn't. Gordon Crook had a wonderful round of 74, marking in every wager category to top the money list at $87. He won 1+1/2 blind birdie monies, took 1sts in Super Low Gross, Partners & Putts, and tied for 2nd Low Net. Val Mayer's solo deuce on Hole #17 managed to claim the entire designated birdies wager pot to earn $59 when added to his Partners 3rd place. A pair of 1st places in Porter Low Gross & Low Net was worth $32 for Paul Venetos. The second blind birdie drawn was shared by Ron Troncatty who also took 2nd in Super Gross and 3rd in Partners for a $21 total. By tying Mr. Crook for 2nd Low Net and then being fortune enough to partner up with him, Jim Jacobs managed to pocket $15. The runner-up in Low Putts was Tom Knickerbocker for a $10 award. Mike Gannon claimed $6 for the Porter Gross runner-up spot while $5 apiece went to Marilou Miller and John Moskoff who partnered up to grab 2nd place in that category. WOODLEY LAKES G.C. - 05/31/2018:This event marked the conclusion of our 2017-2018 Season. The first four names on the day's winners list each earned a solo birdie payout. Atop the summit at $61 was Brian Oblak who also posted 1sts in Super Low Gross, Low Putts, and Partners. Next was Tom Bower's $31 which came from his designated deuce on Hole #7 and a tie for 2nd in Low Putts. The second designated birdie on Hole #12 paid out $30 to Roger Pelote and the final blind drawn tweeter delivered $26 to Bob Planck. An even Twenty Bucks rewarded Jimmy Dodds for his 1st place ties in both Low Net & Partners plus a 2nd place tie in Low Putts. Bill Lewis identically matched Jimmy D's record in Net & Partners for $17. The Porter Low Gross award was captured by Tom Knickerbocker whose tie for Low Putts runner-up boosted his take home to $15. Mike Belson joined the trio who tied for Low Net and added a Partners 3rd to pickup $13. Single digit dollars dribbled out to the following competitors: Ted Winship $7 for Partners 1st tie; Mike Gannon $6 for Porter Gross runner-up; Ron Troncatty $4 for Super Gross runner-up; Rob Stone $3 for Partners 3rd; and Jim Jacobs $3 for 2nd Low Putts tie.
GIGS N STUFF
Tom Bower is back in action. He just wrapped the film Three, concerning a trio of residents in a retirement home.
Tom gets to play an aging lothario preying on his housemates and their fortunes. His co-stars are Marlyn Mason & Anne Gee Byrd. In mid June the Bowers' jet to Xian, China where Tom will hold a symposium on American impressions of the Chinese performing arts. Tom's talents have no boundaries! -- Mike & Judy Belson hit the road for a trip to Portland for a family visit. On the way back they will spent time in Monterrey to mooch off of Paul Ventura. -- It's been ages since this column has spent time talking about courtesy, so let's do it. When circumstances cause a threesome to be following a foursome, nothing good is in store; and last week at Buena proved it. We had two threesomes, a foursome, a threesome and a foursome. Naturally the first four fell behind and stayed that way. Two actions could have solved the problem. Moving the third group back would be the best solution, but failing that, the group that is behind should be aware of their position and let the following three play through. If courtesy is not their thing then it is up to the group that is being held up to let them know they expect to play through. It's a whole lot better than bitching and moaning all day and complaining to a committee member about something you could have taken care of yourself. No one among us are known as shrinking violets, so get some balls and stand up for yourselves. -- There is still time to sign up for "The Shug"... If you haven't done so, make sure you get your application and fee(s) in ASAP. As always a great time will be had by all!
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